Family law

Family Lawyers are often engaged by a mother, father, or a party to a relationship to assist in resolving post-separation legal issues including their children’s living arrangements, child support, divorce and their property settlement. At Ward Keller we tailor our advice to suit your individual circumstances having regard to the impact of separation on your life. We are focussed on assisting you to resolve the issues in dispute with your former partner without the need to proceed to the Family Law Courts. Family law disputes are emotional, confusing and stressful; especially when there are children involved.

Family law is a specialist field, and Ward Keller’s dedicated family lawyers are skilled at guiding clients through the difficult period with practical, sensible and sensitive advice.

Our family law practice strongly promotes forms of alternative dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Many family law matters can be resolved harmoniously. However, we also assist clients who are in Court in relation to their property and/or children’s matters.

Ward Keller’s Darwin family law team consists of three experienced solicitor-advocates, Tessa CzislowskiElizabeth Thomson and Sarah Dowd. We also have an experienced lawyer based in Alice Springs, Tony Whitelum. Tony is supported by our Darwin lawyers, who regularly travel to assist clients.

Ward Keller’s family law team can assist you with all your family law needs, including:

At Ward Keller, all new clients speak with the head of the Family Law team, Tessa Czislowski, for an initial phone consultation at a reduced cost $110 inclusive of GST. Tessa will provide you with initial advice, information regarding ongoing costs and determine which of our family lawyers is best placed to assist you.

We understand that certainty about your legal costs is important, and we offer fixed fees for certain areas of family law.  Find out more information about our fees here.

We accept referrals from NT Legal Aid Commission and can also help you apply for Legal Aid. Find more information about NT Legal Aid Commission here.

To make the most of your initial consultation, please use our sophisticated online system to learn about how we can assist you, and, crucially, to provide us with some background information about your circumstances. This will enable us to meaningfully answer your questions, provide advice, and discuss your options.

If you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation please contact Sarah Kelly on 89462982, or make a start online.